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TRANSFER/TRANSIT PASSENGERS

This section contains all necessary information about transfer/transit procedures for passengers with a stopover during their journey. We recommend that passengers traveling with Turkish Airlines read through all details concerning transfer/transit procedures before setting off on their journey.

Who is a transfer/transit passenger?

Passengers who have a stopover of less than 24 hours anywhere between the start point and final destination of their journey who boarding a connecting flight with the same or a different airline company are referred to as transfer passengers. Passengers who land between the start point and final destination of their journey and board a connecting flight with the same flight number are described as transit passengers.

In some situations, travelers classed as transfer/transit passengers can take advantage of hotel and meal services provided by our contracted companies. This is available to Economy Class passengers with stopovers of more than 10 hours and Business Class passengers with stopovers of more than 7 hours.

Baggage procedures

Transfer/transit passengers can find all information about their baggage and journey from the following guidance.

Journeys to an international destination that include a domestic stopover with Turkish Airlines, Star Alliance members, or airlines with a codeshare flight agreement with Turkish Airlines Learn more >>

  • When disembarking from the plane, just take your carry-on baggage and continue to the departures terminal.
  • If you do not already have a boarding pass, go to the counter of the airline to obtain one. If you already have a boarding pass, you can continue directly to passport control.
  • Go to your boarding gate.

Journeys to an international destination that include a domestic stopover with companies other than Turkish Airlines or Star Alliance members that do not have a codeshare flight agreement with Turkish Airlines Learn more >>

  • Take your baggage from the domestic terminal.
  • Go to the international terminal to complete check-in procedures at the counter of the airline providing your connecting flight and obtain your boarding pass.
  • Go through passport control.
  • Continue to your boarding gate.

Journeys from an international destination with a domestic stopover and customs control at the final destination point Learn more >>

  • Disembark from the plane with your carry-on baggage and go through passport control to enter the country.
  • Go to the boarding gate at the domestic terminal.
  • Take your baggage from the airport at your final destination.

Journeys from an international destination with a domestic stopover and no customs control at the final destination point Learn more >>

  • Complete passport control procedures and enter the country.
  • Take your baggage from the international terminal.
  • Continue to the domestic terminal.
  • Complete check-in procedures, check your baggage, and go to the boarding gate.

Journeys between international destinations with a stopover point in Turkey with Turkish Airlines, Star Alliance members, or airlines with a codeshare flight agreement with Turkish Airlines Learn more >>

  • When disembarking from the aircraft, take your carry-on baggage and continue directly to the boarding gate.
  • If you do not already have a boarding passfor your flight, obtain one from the transit check-in counter.
  • Take your luggage from the airport at your arrival destination.

Journeys between international destinations with a stopover point in Turkey with companies other than Turkish Airlines or Star Alliance members that do not have a codeshare flight agreement with Turkish Airlines Learn more >>

  • When embarking from the aircraft just take your carry-on baggage.
  • Complete check-in procedures at the transit check-in counter of the airline responsible for your connecting flight and go to the boarding gate.
  • Take your baggage from the airport at your arrival destination.

Airports with customs control

İstanbul (IST), Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), Ankara (ESB), İzmir (ADB), Antalya (AYT), Adana (ADA), Kayseri (ASR), Bodrum (BJV), Diyarbakır (DIY), Dalaman (DLM), Denizli (DNZ), Erzincan (ERC), Erzurum (ERZ), Elazığ (EZS), Şanlıurfa (GNY), Alanya (GZP), Gaziantep (GZT), Hatay (HTY), Isparta (ISE), Konya (KYA), Kütahya (KZR), Malatya (MLX), Nevşehir (NAV), Ordu-Giresun (OGU), Samsun (SZF), Trabzon (TZX), Sivas (VAS)

Airports without customs control

Adıyaman (ADF), Ağrı (AJI), Eskişehir (AOE), Batman (BAL), Bingöl (BGG), Çanakkale (CKZ), Edremit (EDO), Iğdır (IGD), Kocaeli (KCO), Kahramanmaraş (KCM), Kars (KSY), Kastamonu (KFS), Mardin (MQM), Muş (MSR), Merzifon (MZH), Sinop (SIC), Şırnak (NKT), Tekirdağ/Çorlu (TEQ), Van (VAN), Bursa (YEI), Hakkari (YKO)

Passengers who have connecting flights via Istanbul with a wait of over 6 hours between connections can take the opportunity to explore Istanbul with our TourIstanbul service. For more detailed information visit our TourIstanbul page.